Matthew 28:12
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New International Version
When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money,

New Living Translation
A meeting with the elders was called, and they decided to give the soldiers a large bribe.

English Standard Version
And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers

New American Standard Bible
And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,

King James Bible
And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After the priests had assembled with the elders and agreed on a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money

International Standard Version
So they met with the elders and agreed on a plan to give the soldiers a large amount of money.

NET Bible
After they had assembled with the elders and formed a plan, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they gave not a few silver shekels to the guards and they gathered with the Elders and held a council.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The chief priests gathered together with the leaders and agreed on a plan. They gave the soldiers a large amount of money

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when they were assembled with the elders and had taken counsel, they gave a large amount of money to the soldiers,

King James 2000 Bible
And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave much money unto the soldiers,

American King James Version
And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money to the soldiers,

American Standard Version
And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave much money unto the soldiers,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they being assembled together with the ancients, taking counsel, gave a great sum of money to the soldiers,

Darby Bible Translation
And having assembled with the elders, and having taken counsel, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,

English Revised Version
And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

Webster's Bible Translation
And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,

Weymouth New Testament
So the latter held a conference with the Elders, and after consultation with them they heavily bribed the soldiers,

World English Bible
When they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave a large amount of silver to the soldiers,

Young's Literal Translation
and having been gathered together with the elders, counsel also having taken, they gave much money to the soldiers,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

28:11-15 What wickedness is it which men will not be brought to by the love of money! Here was large money given to the soldiers for advancing that which they knew to be a lie, yet many grudge a little money for advancing what they know to be the truth. Let us never starve a good cause, when we see bad ones so liberally supported. The priests undertook to secure them from the sword of Pilate, but could not secure these soldiers from the sword of God's justice, which hangs over the heads of those that love and make a lie. Those men promise more than they can perform, who undertake to save a man harmless in doing a wilful sin. But this falsehood disproved itself. Had the soldiers been all asleep, they could not have known what passed. If any had been awake, they would have roused the others and prevented the removal; and certainly if they had been asleep, they never would have dared to confess it; while the Jewish rulers would have been the first to call for their punishment. Again, had there been any truth in the report, the rulers would have prosecuted the apostles with severity for it. The whole shows that the story was entirely false. And we must not charge such things to the weakness of the understanding, but to the wickedness of the heart. God left them to expose their own course. The great argument to prove Christ to be the Son of God, is his resurrection; and none could have more convincing proofs of the truth of that than these soldiers; yet they took bribes to hinder others from believing. The plainest evidence will not affect men, without the work of the Holy Spirit.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - When they (i.e. the chief priests) were assembled with the elders. On hearing the report of the soldiers, the Sanhedrists held a hurried and informal meeting, to consult about this alarming matter. It would be fatal to their policy to let the real truth get wind. Such testimony from unprejudiced heathens would infallibly convince the people of the validity of Christ's claims, and produce the very effect which their unusual precautions had been intended to obviate. One course alone remained, and that was to prepare a circumstantial lie concerning one part of the story, and to deny or ignore utterly the supernatural details. The plainest evidence will not persuade against wilful blindness. These rulers acted according to Christ's sad foreboding on another occasion, "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead" (Luke 16:31). They gave large money (money enough) unto the soldiers. They bribed the soldiers with a sum of money sufficient to satisfy their cupidity. This they did personally, or more probably through some trusty agent. They never doubted the facts to which the guards bore witness; they never attempted to discredit their story by suggestion of error or superstitious invention. They accepted the tale, and took most dishonourable means to make it innocuous. They had bought the aid of the traitor Judas; they now buy the silence of these soldiers. It. is suggested by St. Jerome that in both cases they made use of the temple funds, thus employing against the cause of God that which was devoted to his service.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when they were assembled with the elders,.... Upon this the grand sanhedrim was convened together, which consisted of the chief priests, Scribes, and elders;

and had taken counsel among themselves what steps to take to stifle this matter, that it might not spread and be believed by the people; they agreed upon this, as the best expedient, to bribe the soldiers to give a false account of it, as they did:

they gave large money unto the soldiers, or "sufficient money"; they gave large sums of money, as were enough to satisfy the soldiers; they gave them whatever they would have; for though these men were very covetous, yet upon this occasion gave liberally; and that perhaps which were for the sacrifices, or for the repair of the temple, or for the supply of the poor.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. And when they were assembled with the elders—But Joseph at least was absent: Gamaliel probably also; and perhaps others.

and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers—It would need a good deal; but the whole case of the Jewish authorities was now at stake. With what contempt must these soldiers have regarded the Jewish ecclesiastics!

Matthew 28:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Report of the Guards
11Now while they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened. 12And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13and said, "You are to say, 'His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.'…
Cross References
Matthew 12:14
But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

Matthew 28:11
While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.

Matthew 28:13
telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.'
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